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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5073937, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track PLANT HEALTH [003LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOTECHNOLOGY IN PLANT PROTECTION
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ALESSANDRO RAIOLA AGR/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/12 Plant Pathology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 RAIOLA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
FAVARON FRANCESCO (Membro Effettivo)
SELLA LUCA (Supplente)
2 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 RAIOLA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
FAVARON FRANCESCO (Membro Effettivo)
SELLA LUCA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Cellular and Molecular biology, Genetic and Microbiology
Target skills and knowledge: Deepening of knowledge related to perception of pathogens by plants and plant defense responses.
Acquisition of biotechnological applications to improve crop disease resistance.
Examination methods: The exam is carried out through a written test or oral exam.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on knowledge of the topics covered in the course and on the technical skills acquired during lab activities.
Course unit contents: - Current status of crop biotechnology.
- Plant immunity.
- Strategies for engineering plants for resistance to pathogens: plant or non-plant genes with antimicrobial activity or contrasting virulence factors; genes inducing or enhancing plant immunity.
- Disease resistance signalling pathways and strategies for their activation.
- Increase of resistance to diseases by using defence activators.
- Biological control agents to protect plants: mode of action.
- Transgenic crops resistant to virus and insects.
- Molecular techniques and markers for detection and identification of pathogens.
- Genome editing technologies: new perspectives to enhance plant disease resistance.
- Case studies.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching will be carried out through lectures, laboratory activities and practical exercises.

Students are encouraged to actively participate in classroom and in lab activities.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for the course will be made available at link Some textbooks recommended (see below).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Collinge, David Brian, Plant pathogen resistance biotechnology edited by David Brian Collinge. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, 2016. Available as eBook; Cerca nel catalogo
  • Buchanan, Bob B.; Gruissem, Wilhelm; Russell, L. Jones, Biochemistry & molecular biology of plants edited by Buchanan, Bob B., Wilhelm Gruissem and Russell L. Jones. Chichester: Wiley, 2015. Chapter 21 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Responsible Consumption and Production Life on Land